Janet Ann Clarke

Janet Ann Clarke

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Father: Thomas Henry Clarke (1905-2000)

Mother: Isabel Lorna Hansford (1903-1995)

Born 1932, at Highland Park, Wayne County, Michigan.

In 1945, the family moved from Michigan to Colorado springs--a beautiful city right at the foot of the Rockies. It was a job transfer for Janet's father with Welch Industries. Welch Industries folded after a couple of years. By then, the family had purchased a home and liked it there, so her father took a job selling men's western wear.

While attending Cheyenne Mountain High School, Janet acquired a love for hiking and skiing. There were 21 in Janet's graduating class in 1950. She continued her education by going to the University of Colorado at Boulder, majoring in sociology. After graduation in 1954, she returned to Detroit, working for the YWCA in the northwest part of the city for four years.

Janet married Ervin Ferdinand Bartel, Jr. (b. September 28, 1930, at North Tonawanda, Erie County, New York; d. September 13, 1995, at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California; son of Ervin Ferdinand Bartel and Hazel Mae Cobb), on March 30, 1959, at the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Erv had an Industrial Engineering degree from Oregon State University, and was a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Michigan. Their first home was on Elizabeth Lake, Pontiac, Michigan, where their first two daughters spent their first years. The family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Erv was transferred to handle Warner and Swasey and other machine tool customers. Another transfer took the family to Glendale, California, where Erv was on the start-up team for a new General Electric plant as Manager of Marketing for the Western States. After the primary plant goals were met, Erv left General Electric and became a commercial real estate broker, real estate partner, and entrepreneur.

Music was a love of Erv's. He played guitar in several bands, and played the flute. He was active as an adult Boy Scout, and was a Mason for over 35 years.

Erv and Janet were active members of the Grandview Presbyterian Church. They taught Sunday School and were deacons. Erv and Janet both became members of the Hundred Peaks Club, climbing over 100 peaks over 5000 feet altitude in Southern California. Erv and Janet had the following children:

  1. Nancy Kay Bartel (1960-).
  2. Jane Elizabeth Bartel (1962-).
  3. Sarah Cobb Bartel (1968-).
  4. Brent Ervin Bartel (1969-).

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Revised November 14, 2022